Swimming: Not just for summer anymore
(BPT) - It’s dark. It’s cold. Heading to the pool might be the furthest thing from your mind. While summer is the time of year for playing at the beach, pool parties and outdoor water sports, the colder months are actually a great time to start swimming.
“Swimming is a low-impact exercise that depending, on the intensity of the workout, can involve multiple energy systems,” says U.S. Masters Swimming Club and Coach Services Director Bill Brenner. “Swimming improves your cardiovascular system as well as stamina and flexibility. It is a popular form of exercise for weight loss and weight control due to the high caloric consumption associated with the activity.”
Swimming is the form of exercise most adults would choose to do if given the opportunity, according to research by the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association . “If you ask 10 adults if you could do one exercise for an hour with maximum benefits and minimal risk for injury the majority would pick swimming,” says Brenner. “This is true even for those who can’t swim a length of the pool, because 37 percent of adults can’t.”
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